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- DescriptionZora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God highlights the vitality of African American culture. This casebook demonstrates how African Americans fashioned themselves individually and collectively to combat racism, classism, and sexism. With provocative documents that contextualize the complex issues of the vel, Lester provides an excellent resource for students and teachers first approaching the excitement and cultural flavor that define Hurston's vels. The casebook is an encyclopedia of African American folk culture that simultaneously presents historical, political, and social commentary on the relationships between men and women and between blacks and whites in America. Documents include interviews with people living in the South at the time of the vel's publication, poetry, rap, folktales, and sermons. Also included are original materials on ebonics, minstrel songs, the blues tradition, the vel in theatrical and dance performance, and materials on Hurston's hometown of Eatonville, Florida.
- Author BiographyNEAL A. LESTER is Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he teaches African American literature. He is the author of Ntozake Shange: A Critical Study of the Plays (1995), and has published on Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, and Lonne Elder.
- Author(s)Neal A. Lester
- Date of Publication30/10/1999
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe Greenwood Press Literature in Context
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight457 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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